Welcome to the Asian Classical Music Initiative’s International Conference at Rutgers University from the Rutgers University Libraries.
While you are here in New Brunswick, we hope you take some time to explore our extensive collection of materials related to Asian Classical Music at the Rutgers University Libraries.
At the Performing Arts Library at Douglass Library, here on Douglass Campus, you will find scores, books, and recordings about classical music in many Asian countries and Asian American classical performers and composers. Our collection is particularly strong in scores from East Asia, especially from Chinese composers, including many by two of this conference's special guests, Chen Yi and Huang Ruo.
At the East Asian Library at Alexander Library, on the College Avenue Campus, you will find many music materials in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Our East Asian collection is especially deep in librettos and materials for traditional Chinese opera and scores in Jianpu number notation.
The East Asian Library, located on the second floor of Alexander Library, hosts collections in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean vernaculars.
The library has a comprehensive set of reference tools in Chinese and a limited collection of Japanese reference tools. Some reference works are also available in Chuang, Miao, Tibetan, and Vietnamese.
For more information and research tools in East Asian languages, see the East Asian Library website.
Huang Ruo has been lauded by the New Yorker as “one of the world’s leading young composers” and by the New York Times for having “a distinctive style.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient and folk music, Western avant-garde, experimental, noise, natural and processed sound, rock, and jazz. As a member of the new generation of Chinese composers, his goal is not just to mix both Western and Eastern elements, but also to create a seamless, organic integration. Huang Ruo’s diverse compositional works span from orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater, and dance, to cross-genre, sound installation, multi-media, experimental improvisation, folk rock, and film.
Kui Dong’s compositions span diverse genres and styles that include ballet, orchestral and chamber works, chorus, electro-acoustic music, film scores, multi-media art, and free improvisation. Her works written in the United States show a unique synthesis of influences from avant-garde experimental, jazz, and other ethnic music, and at the same time maintain a profound respect to Western classical music and a deep cultural connection with her roots. She sometimes incorporates theatre, as well as Chinese and non-western instruments and musical concepts into contemporary settings.
Rutgers University Libraries has extensive holdings of scores and recordings by Asian and Asian American composers. Below is a list of some (certainly but not all) of the more prominent composers in our collections:
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